The Hill Country is a region of the state of Texas in the United States of America. It has some of the most interesting history of the state. The cities here date to Spanish and Mexican days, with many beautiful Spanish missions dotting the area. The terrain is hilly and dry, cut by spring-fed rivers, with the beautiful Texas live oak providing occasional shade.
Bastrop State Park, 3005 TX-21, Bastrop, +1 512 321-2101, . Has camping (dormitories and shelters are available by reservation), a swimming pool, golf, fishing, and bike trails. Full shower and restroom facilities are on site.
Pedernales Falls State Park, 2585 Park Road 6026 , Johnson City, +1 830 868-7304, . Offers picnicking, camping, hiking, swimming, tubing, fishing, and bird watching.
Hill Country State Natural Area, 10600 Bandera Creek Rd, Bandera, TX, +1 830 796-4413, . A rugged park that offers wilderness, hiking, biking, and horseback riding, camping, swimming, and fishing. It is a primitive park with no amenities provided - no drinking water or restroom facilities.
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, 16710 Ranch Road 965, Fredericksburg, +1 325 247-3903, . A huge park on Big Sandy creek near Enchanted Rock. Activities include hiking, backpacking, camping, birdwatching, stargazing, rock climbing, and geography research. Restroom and shower facilities are available for a fee.
Garner State Park, 234 Ranch Road 1050, Concan, +1 830 232-6132, . In the heart of the Texas Hill Country north of Uvalde; offers camping, river activities, picnicking, hiking. In the high season (summer), a concessionaire serves meals and offers groceries, rentals, dancing, and miniature golf.
Guadalupe River State Park, 3350 Park Road 31, Spring Branch, +1 830 438-2656, . Located in between New Braunfels and Boerne this park includes 4 miles of river frontage at a particularly attractive section of the river above Canyon Lake. There are a number of great swimming spots and some hiking trails that lead through some beautiful and rugged hill country. Keep an eye out and you might spot white-tailed deer, coyotes, armadillos, or even a rare golden-cheeked warbler. Camping is available (make reservations using the website).
Lost Maples State Natural Area, 37221 Ranch Road 187, Vanderpool, +1 830 966-3413, . Located in the Texas Hill Country west of San Antonio, this park is known in the fall for having some of the best fall foliage in Texas. They also have hiking trails and campsites that are available. Fall colors usually peak in early November, and reservations are necessary that time of year for overnight stays.
The Texas Hill Country is an area around Edwards Aquifer that demonstrates karst topography and a wide range of wildlife. It was originally settled by Mexican and German immigrants, and a visitor will note the distinct influence of both cultures in the local life. Most cities and towns are small, there are many parks and open areas, and an endless list of local experiences.
The easiest access to the area from a distance is through Austin'sAustin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)  or through San Antonio's "San Antonio International Airport (SAT) . The most practical means of travel from the airport is by car. Travel by road from other major cities in Texas is also easy. From Houston, take US290 north to Austin (3 hours) or IH-10 west to San Antonio (3 hours). From Dallas, take IH-35 south to Austin (3and 1/2 hours).
Public transportation is not available between most destinations. Bus and airport service is similarly sparse. The tourist's best option is to bring their own car or rent one at the airport. The many small scenic highways in this area also make motorcycling and bicycle riding very popular.
German headcheese, produced in South Texas, is nothing like the standard American kind - it contains chunks of meat rather than fat and offal. It's available at supermarkets only in the Hill Country and surrounding areas.